meet our team

Herts Inclusive Theatre is based in Watford, Hertfordshire and is run by a small team of dedicated theatre professionals.

Caroline Stevens,
Director

Herts Inclusive Theatre Director Caroline Stevens prior to the performance of The Wizard of Oz Panto by Herts Inclusive Theatre at The Pump House, Watford, United Kingdom. Picture: DANNY LOO

Caroline joined Herts Inclusive theatre in 2009 as Artistic Director, having previously worked for London Bubble, Trestle Theatre Company, Srishti, The New Theatre Royal, Harrow Arts Centre as well as working as a freelance practitioner and director. She gained a BA from Winchester University in Community Theatre, Drama and Media, through which she specialised in theatre with children with Autism and Life debilitating illnesses. Caroline was delighted to represent HIT as a Paralympic Torchbearer in 2012 and perform in the opening ceremony of the 2012 Paralympics in London. Caroline is a community board member for Nationwide Building Society's community grant scheme.

caroline@hit-theatre.org.uk

Kerry Kavanagh,
Development and Volunteer Manager

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Kerry started work in the voluntary sector as a Regional Support Assistant at BBC Children in Need within London and the SE. In this role she gained a huge amount of experience into the behind the scenes workings of a wide range of different charities and voluntary groups. From there she moved onto a similar role at Help a London Child with an added element of connecting grant making to radio. Kerry then jumped over into the world of fundraising and used her grant making knowledge at Resources for Autism.  Since 2015 Kerry decided to follow her dream of opening a coffee shop and has successfully continued to run a community based coffee shop at the heart of a thriving community.

Kerry has thrown herself into fundraising over the years and ran the London Marathon, took part in a tandem skydive and walked over hot coals to name a few.

kerry@hit-theatre.org.uk

Ellie Short,
Creative Participation Manager

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Ellie has worked as an actor, inclusive theatre practitioner and creative learning producer throughout London and Hertfordshire, working for companies including Churchill Theatre, Hoxton Hall, East End Shed and Polka Theatre. Ellie was Creative Learning Officer for Churchill Theatre for over six years, where she co-produced productions, festivals and youth theatre for participants aged 4-90, as well as original children's theatre and sensory specialist workshops. Ellie gained a BA in Drama and Theatre Arts at Goldsmiths, before training as an actor at Arts Educational Schools London.

ellie@hit-theatre.org.uk

Jenny Horan,
Administrator

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Theatre and the arts have been a big passion of Jenny’s since a young age. In 2015, she graduated from Nottingham Trent University with a degree in Theatre Design. After university, Jenny worked in America at a performing arts summer camp for 3 months where she was able to teach different art skills to a range of young people daily as well as learn new skills around the camp herself. This was one of the best experiences she did and the chance to meet so many people from all around the world from so many backgrounds and cultures was fantastic.

Her favourite thing to do is visit the Theatre whenever she can and also practise her creativity through drawing and painting. Jenny has recently completed the Couch to 5K challenge and would love to aim to run a half marathon in the future.

jenny@hit-theatre.org.uk

Rosie Cosgrove,
Workshop Facilitator

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Rosie is a director, theatre maker and workshop leader originally from the Scottish Highlands who has been passionate about the performing arts since childhood. She graduated from East 15 Acting school's BA Acting and Community Theatre in 2014 with a first class honours and since then has worked extensively within the community arts sector including joining the HIT team as a workshop leader in 2016.

Rosie has recently returned to Hertfordshire from a year abroad in Toronto, Canada. During her time there she worked with Ahuri Theatre, Young People's Theatre and Soulpepper to help promote disability inclusion and visibility within the arts. 

rosie@hit-theatre.org.uk

Emma Harrington,
Workshop Facilitator

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Emma joined as a volunteer in 2003 and has since had a long standing relationship with Herts Inclusive Theatre and has played an integral part in the growth and success of the charity.
Emma is very passionate about the arts and working with people of all abilities. She has worked with children, young people and adults for over 16 years and has a wealth of knowledge of how to work in an inclusive environment.
Emma is the Lead Project Facilitator for Adults at HIT. She is also a qualified yoga, mindfulness and wellbeing practitioner specialising in working with people of all abilities.

emma@hit-theatre.org.uk

Josephine Lane,
Workshop Facilitator

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Josephine is a drama facilitator, teacher and leader from London who used to work for HIT
back in 2016 and is delighted to be back in 2020! Josephine has an MA in Applied Theatre from the Central School of Speech and Drama and is passionate about inclusive theatre. She loves working with children and her other theatrical interests include theatre in the Criminal Justice System.

Josephine has just returned from Hong Kong where she has spent the last three years working as a Drama Leader and Director. She taught children ages 3-18 and her greatest achievement whilst working in Hong Kong was directing a full-scale production of A Christmas Carol with thirty 8-18 year olds.

Josephine loves to travel and she has also facilitated arts projects in South Africa and Ethiopia. Outside of her work, Jo loves dancing, cooking, movies, festivals, gigs and watching Ru Paul’s Drag Race!

Jake Rich,
Workshop and Welfare Coordinator

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Jake has recently joined HIT as their Workshop and Welfare Coordinator. Jake can't wait to meet everyone and to use his imagination in a physical space again! When Jake's not having fun with HIT, he will be studying Producing at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Jake will be assisting at our workshop sessions throughout the Autumn Term.

jake@hit-theatre.org.uk

Stuart Mullins,
Workshop Facilitator

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Stuart recently joined Herts Inclusive Theatre and is delighted to do so. As an actor he worked in film and television, but his real love has always been theatre. He has produced and directed many plays; he’s passionate about making plays for, by and with young people.

For seven years he was Creative Director at Theatre Is, funded by Arts Council to work with young audiences. In that time, he worked closely with companies such as Oily Carte and Theatre Centre. In the last fourteen years he has been based in Hertfordshire, working extensively across the greater south east. For two years he worked as Associate Director at Cardboard Citizen’s, a company famous for its work with people who have experienced homelessness; in that time he got to know Herts Young Homeless, with whom he now works. He is also Associate Artist at Hertford Theatre, developing new relationships with schools in the District. Living in Hertford, Stuart has a family, being a dad to his six year old daughter, Polly.

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Board

Chair
Gayle Bryans

Vice Chair
Michael Lewis

Treasurer
David Duncan

Trustees
Christine Armstrong
Stephen Cavinder
Aniela Perriam
Amy Lazzerini
Neil Ben
Sheryl Norman
Lee Keogh